Alec Baldwin uses Instagram to reject allegations that he is not complying with cellphone search warrant in 'Rust' shooting probe


Alec Baldwin refuted allegations that he is not complying with a probe into the fatal shooting of a woman on the set of the film "Rust" last year.

The firing of a prop gun by Baldwin led to the death of the director of photography, Halyna Hutchins, and injured the director, Joel Souza.

"Any suggestion that I am not complying with requests or orders or demands or search warrants about my phone, that's bullshit, that's a lie," Baldwin said in a lengthy video posted to Instagram on Saturday.

In December, police issued a search warrant for Baldwin's cellphone, which they said could contain "key conversations" relating to Hutchins' death, The New York Post reported.

Officials are yet to obtain the device.

The actor said in the Instagram video that authorities in New Mexico, where the shooting took place, have to go through the state of New York, where he lives, to obtain his cellphone.

On Friday, law enforcement officials in New Mexico requested assistance from authorities in New York in their efforts to retrieve the phone, according to a BBC report.

"That is a process that takes time. They have to specify what exactly they want, they can't just go through your phone and take your photos or your love letters to your wife or what have you," Baldwin said.

"But of course, we are one thousand percent going to comply with all that."

The 63-year-old actor has previously said that he did not know the prop gun contained a live round, and that he does not feel responsible for the incident.

"The best way, the only way we can honor the death of Halyna Hutchins is to find out the truth," Baldwin said in the Instagram video. 

"That's what I'm working toward, insisting on, demanding, that the organizations involved in this investigation do everything in their power, everything in their power to find out what really happened."

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